Minh Thai (born 1965 as Thái Minh) is a Vietnamese-American speedcuber. He was a sixteen-year-old high school student from Los Angeles when he won the first world championship on June 5, 1982 in Budapest by solving a Rubik's Cube in 22.95 seconds.
He is also the author of the book The Winning Solution (1982), a guide to solving the cube. Later, Ortega Corners-First Solution Method for Rubik's Cube is based on Minh Thai's Winning Solution.
^Speedsolving the Cube: Easy-to-Follow, Step-by-Step Instructions ... - Page 5 Dan Harris - 2008 "RUBIK'S CUBE (3x3x3) SPEEDCUBING FACTS AND FIGURES Rubik's 3x3x3 World Champions — Past and Present *Minh Thai's win was based on a single time; all other competitions are based on a mean of 3, after removing the fastest ..."
^Boys' Life - Oct 1982 Vol. 72, No. 10 "That honor went to 16-year-old Minh Thai of Los Angeles. (Minh Thai, who came to this country as a refugee from Viet Nam, went on to capture the 1982World Rubik's Cube® championship in Budapest, Hungary, in 22.95 seconds, defeating"